• WordNet 3.6
    • adj azure of a deep somewhat purplish blue color similar to that of a clear October sky "October's bright blue weather"
    • v azure color azure "Morning azured the village"
    • n azure a light shade of blue
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Azure (Her) A blue color, represented in engraving by horizontal parallel lines.
    • a Azure Sky-blue; resembling the clear blue color of the unclouded sky; cerulean; also, cloudless.
    • Azure The blue vault above; the unclouded sky. "Not like those steps
      On heaven's azure ."
    • Azure The clear blue color of the sky; also, a pigment or dye of this color. "In robes of azure ."
    • Azure The lapis lazuli.
    • v. t Azure To color blue.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n azure Lapis lazuli.
    • n azure The fine blue color of the sky: as, “her eyes a bashful azure,”
    • n azure A name formerly applied to several sky-colored or blue pigments, but now used for cobalt blue (which see, under blue). It has been applied to— that made from lapis lazuli, called genuine ultramarine;
    • n azure The sky, or blue vault of heaven.
    • n azure In heraldry, the tincture blue, which in uncolored drawings or engravings is represented by shading in horizontal lines. Often abbreviated to az.
    • azure Resembling the clear blue color of the sky; sky-blue.
    • azure To color blue.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Azure azh′ūr or ā′zhūr of a faint blue: sky-coloured; clear, cloudless
    • n Azure a delicate blue colour: the sky
    • adj Azure azh′ūr or ā′zhūr, of a faint blue: sky-coloured; clear, cloudless
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  • Henry David Thoreau
    “The purity men love is like the mists which envelope the earth, and not like the azure ether beyond.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. & OSp. azur, Sp. azul, through Ar. from Per. lājaward, or lājuward, lapis lazuli, a blue color, lājawardī, lājuwardī, azure, cerulean, the initial l having been dropped, perhaps by the influence of the Ar. azr-aq, azure, blue. Cf. G. lasur, lasur,stein, azure color, azure stone, and NL. lapis lazuli,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. azur—Low L. azura—Ar. (al) lazward, Pers. lājward, lapis lazuli, blue colour.


In literature:

Her own flesh-tints and complexion are of a white lilac, delicately azured.
"Great Pictures, As Seen and Described by Famous Writers"
Noon came, and the buzzards began to gather in the azure.
"The Mintage" by Elbert Hubbard
The head is shaved at top; an azure glory is round the head.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Three" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
Rundle lifts its weirdly sloping, snow-flecked peaks into the azure.
"The Land of Contrasts" by James Fullarton Muirhead
When, as a flame bursts broad thro' azure smoke, From the bright cloud a dazzling vision broke.
"Gustavus Vasa" by W. S. Walker
Their colours were varied and beautiful, but principally azure and rose-colour.
"Consolations in Travel or, the Last Days of a Philosopher" by Humphrey Davy
The moon rode proudly through the heavens, and the stars glittered brightly upon the deep azure of the evening sky.
"Clemence" by Retta Babcock
Other mountains also in this province yield stones called lapis lazuli, whereof the best azure is made.
"Arts and Crafts in the Middle Ages" by Julia De Wolf Addison
Then blue tints appear in the firmament which deepen into azure.
"A Bird Calendar for Northern India" by Douglas Dewar
White cumulus clouds appear, floating lazily in the azure, reflected by the river below.
"Some Summer Days in Iowa" by Frederick John Lazell

In poetry:

And his azure waves
High the ocean lifts,
On his cold blue breast
Now an iceberg drifts.
"To Russia" by Ivan Nikitin
Dame mouse patters
Pink across an azure ray;
Dame mouse patters. . . .
Sluggards, up! 'tis day!
"Impression Fausse" by Paul Verlaine
Shall, at the horizon,
Its ring of pale azure,
Its scurry of white clouds,
Meet in the sunlight.
"March" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
I love the Mesa Mountains
That woo the Texas skies,
'Neath azure veils of beauty,
They dream of Paradise.
"Texas" by William Lawrence Chittenden
Ah, small things, ah, wee things,
Are the poets all,
Whose tour's the more azure
Because they're so small.
"A Question" by Francis Thompson
I KNEW a little maiden,
Than falling snows more fair,
Her laughing eye was azure,
And golden was her hair.
"The Mother's Grave" by Peter John Allan

In news:

Latest Industry Victim, Azure Dynamics, a Ford Partner, Looks for a Buyer.
Microsoft introduces its new Microsoft-outfitted police vehicle that features Windows Azure , the Microsoft cloud computing platform used to build and host Web applications through Microsoft data centers.
Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor dissolved Azure Ray in 2004 to pursue projects that closely recalled their band's sad, soothing sound, and this reconvening offers few surprises.
Microsoft, PC makers to offer Azure cloud services.
Is teaming up with computer makers to try to make its Windows Azure cloud computing system attractive to government and big corporate customers.
How Microsoft's Azure platform will work for feds.
2009 Bentley Azure T - 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Azure and Windows 7 Explained.
Microsoft introduces Windows Azure .
Azure Ray's Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor have released their most expansive recording to date.
The azure stream of conciousness.
Azure Hair Studio is just a baby, having set up shop less than a year ago in Downtown Boise.
Azure , the Canadian design magazine, revealed its design awards winners a few weeks ago.
Can you see migrating your applications to Windows Azure .
Microsoft Launches Office, Azure Services In China.

In science:

Our immediate plans are to migrate the framework to commercial Cloud environments such as Amazon EC2 and Microsoft’s Azure for more comprehensive evaluations with practical workloads instead of synthetic ones.
Cloud and the City: Facilitating Flexible Access Control over Data Streams
For vertical interoperability, currently it is difficult to write an application which run on Amazon EC2, Window Azure, and Google App Engine.
C-PASS-PC: A Cloud-driven Prototype of Multi-Center Proactive Surveillance System for Prostate Cancer
Microsoft’s Windows Azure is a platform for running Windows applications and storing data in the cloud.
C-PASS-PC: A Cloud-driven Prototype of Multi-Center Proactive Surveillance System for Prostate Cancer
Windows Azure also sets up the strictest security measurements to protect customers’ applications and confidential data. The Microsoft cloud undergoes annual audits for PCI DSS, SOX, and HIPAA compliance.
C-PASS-PC: A Cloud-driven Prototype of Multi-Center Proactive Surveillance System for Prostate Cancer
To provide high storage capacity, large-scale distributed storage systems have been widely deployed in enterprises, such as Google File System , Amazon Dynamo , and Microsoft Azure .
CORE: Augmenting Regenerating-Coding-Based Recovery for Single and Concurrent Failures in Distributed Storage Systems